Lately

posted on: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lately...
We have been spending almost every waking moment outside enjoying the 
ridiculously beautiful 70+ degree Texas weather.
It's a strange feeling when you're making Christmas garlands and wreaths 
while sitting outside in a tank top.
We've been getting all of our wiggles out before the weekend.
A blast of sleet and snow are headed our way supposedly.
We shall see.
Texas is known for hyping up "arctic blasts" and it turn out to be 40 degree weather. ;)

Lately...
I've been listening to this song by Francesca Battistelli.
(go listen! SO good)
This line convicts me every time...
"It's the grace that we show to a world that needs hope."
Extending grace to the people who cut in front of us in the long lines at Target...
grace to the Dr.'s office that has messed up their scheduling (guilty as charged)...
grace to those who are rude around us.
In all situations.
Extending grace.
To show and guide them to the Hope that we as Believers have.

Lately...
I've been making a list of what I want to bake for this Holiday season.
So far I have Traditional Sugar Cookies, Rocky Road Fudge, Thumbprint Cookies and Spritz Cookies.
What are some of your favorites? 

Lately...
I've been thinking about comparison.
I have been seeing it play out lately in not only my own life but in the lives of others around me.
I think as women satan uses comparison and friendships to steal our joy 
and to take our eyes off of Christ.
I have been guilty as charged of this lately.
Feeling like I'm not good enough to be somebody's friend.
Not talented enough.
Wondering why I didn't make the cut.
And getting my feelings hurt.
And I muddled in these feelings for awhile.
And let satan have a hay-day with my emotions.
And then I had had enough.
And I gave it to the Lord.
Girls... the Lord loves us and accepts us as we are.
HE is enough.
HE is all we need.
If we continually look to others for affirmation or acceptance we will always fall short.
I am so thankful I worship a Creator who shows no favoritism.
Who loves me as I am.
Let's not give satan the victory on this.


What have you been up to lately?


9 comments:

  1. SO needed to read something like this today! Thank you! :)

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  2. Amen to your last 'Lately'. I have had some great struggles with a friendship lately and have been crying and praying and crying some more! I have said many times that satan preys on my insecurities and makes me feel that I am not good enough to be loved by this friend. Though I know that to be true, it does not make it easier to avoid the negative feelings!

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  3. that bit about grace is so true and yet so hard. i saw a quote that says "the kids that need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving of ways" but i think it applies to all people across the board.
    i want to bake some mini pies in a muffin tin and some coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate. ah, i love holiday food!
    and i agree about the comparison thing. it's so easy nowadays through blogs and instagram and pinterest and facebook, we have access to so many avenues just on the internet that can break us down and make us vulnerable to feelings of inferiority and discontentment. love your words of encouragement in this post :)

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  4. Just what I needed to read. I have struggled so much lately that the Lord has asked me to hand over some things that trigger these struggles. It was really hard at first but so freeing for my spirit. He gives and takes away and even in the taking away he blesses me beyond measure. Love you!

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  5. You are definitely enough through Christ! It is so hard to remember it sometimes but He made you perfect and just the way He wants you! :) Thanks for sharing your heart it was such a great reminder that we are nothing apart from Him...but in Him we are something GREAT! xx

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  6. I have been guilty of the comparison 'garbage' also. Don't let the devil steal your joy girl you're a great person and mommy. Just think- if you weren't doing something right the devil wouldn't be bothering you! You are such a blessing through your blog- just keep your chin up and tell the devil to hit the road! Love ya girlie ;)

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  7. Thank you for this. I struggle with this so much. And have experienced so much pain because of it. I can always use a reminder of this. Loved your words. I will not let satan get to me this way anymore! I am of worth because my Savior gave His life for me--paid the ultimate price, and THAT is what determines worth--the amount someone is willing to pay for something. And He gave everything for me.

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  8. Love this post. It spoke right to my heart. Thank you!

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  9. Your words were right and true in every way. Love it and it spoke dearly to me. Thank you!

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